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Author Mulalu, Tawanda, author.

Title Please make me pretty, I don't want to die : poems / Tawanda Mulalu.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2022]
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  811.6 MULALU    In Transit
Description viii, 84 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Princeton series of contemporary poets
Princeton series of contemporary poets.
Summary "Please make me pretty, I don't want to die is the first book of poetry by Tawanda Mulalu. In four parts named for the seasons, these poems bring together descriptions of everyday experiences and sensory memories with an overarching focus on the pleasures and difficulties of intimacy and the anomie of United States culture. An immigrant to the U.S. from Botswana, Mulalu explores facets of his life and identity in a powerful first-person voice, including his relationships, his immigration, and his work as a teacher's assistant in a third-grade classroom in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The collection juxtaposes traditional poetic styles such as sonnets and elegies with less orthodox interjections, such as craggy prose-poem "prayers" and other meditations, to create a poetic world both familiar and jarring-one in which history, the body, and poetry can collide in a single surprising turn of image ("The stars also suffer. Immense and dead, their gasses burn/ distant like castanets of antebellum teeth. My open window/ a synecdoche of country") or crystallize into lament: ("If I saw a starving/ black child my first thought would not be to take this picture of myself. Or wake. Everyone is dying. There/ are such pretty words for this.")"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African Americans -- Poetry.
Botswanans -- United States -- Poetry.
Immigrants -- United States -- Poetry.
Intimacy (Psychology) -- Poetry.
Genre/Form Autobiographical poetry.
Other Form: Online version: Mulalu, Tawanda. Please make me pretty, i don't want to die Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2022 9780691239040 (DLC) 2022000489
ISBN 9780691239033 paperback
0691239037 paperback
9780691239026 hardcover
0691239029 hardcover
9780691239040 electronic book
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